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SWISS Receives Its First Boeing 777-300ER

Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. took delivery of the first of its nine new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft today. The new twinjet will also enable its Swiss WorldCargo division to offer improved airfreight services and enhanced environmental performance on its long-haul operations.

The first of the nine Boeing 777-300ERs which SWISS has ordered arrived at Zurich Airport this morning. The aircraft, which bears the registration HB-JNA, was flown directly to Zurich from Boeing’s Everett Factory in the state of Washington in the USA.

The new long-haul twinjet will enable the airline’s Swiss WorldCargo division to offer improved airfreight services between its Zurich hub and points such as New York JFK, Hong Kong, Montreal, Los Angeles, Bangkok, São Paulo, San Francisco and Tel Aviv.

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“Our acquisition of this innovative aircraft is a further confirmation of Swiss WorldCargo’s commitment to premium Swiss quality, both in the air and on the ground, flexibility and top customer service,” says Ashwin Bhat, Head of Cargo at SWISS. “The youngest – and biggest – member of the SWISS fleet won’t just extend our service offer to our customers: it will also enhance the environmental performance of our long-haul operations, as it produces substantially lower carbon emissions and is impressively low-noise.”

The latest addition to SWISS’ fleet touched down in Zurich today following a non-stop 4,545 nautical miles (8,418 kilometers) delivery flight from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center in Everett, WA.

“The delivery of our first flagship marks a new era in Switzerland’s aviation history,” said Harry Hohmeister, CEO of SWISS.

“We are honored that a carrier as prestigious as SWISS is now our newest Boeing 777 operator,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “The 777-300ER will provide SWISS’ network with greatly improved efficiencies and it’s a great source of pride for everyone at Boeing that the carrier will utilize this outstanding airplane as its flagship.”

The 777-300ER is one of the most fuel and cost-efficient airplanes in its class and is the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world with an on-time departure rate of 99.5 percent. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane in service. In addition to this delivery, SWISS has eight unfilled 777-300ERs on order from Boeing.

Watch a video below on ‘Insights into the Boeing 777-300ER construction’ from Swiss.